Sunday, December 30, 2012

Schneider Triple Chair Dedication

Bluebird skies
There was no better day than this past Friday to dedicate the new Schneider Triple Chairlift. On Thursday we received a plentiful 11” of new snow. On Friday we opened most of our trails and glades under bluebird skies. The setting could not be any more perfect. Promptly at noon President and General Manager Ben Wilcox addressed the crowd that had gathered for the dedication. Wilcox explained the hard work that Mountain Manager Rick Oaks and his staff put forth in this project. This project was the completely spearheaded by a Cranmore led staff unlike other lift projects which were managed by the engineering company Doppelmayr.  
The team that made it all happen

Ben Wilcox with Schneider's family
Wilcox then switched his attention to the person whom this lift was being named after, Herbert Schneider. Many of his family members were on hand to take part in the dedication. Herbert Schneider came to North Conway with his family from Austria in 1939. Schneider not only left his stamp on Cranmore Mountain and the Mount Washington Valley, he also had a huge impact on the United States of America. Schneider was part of the legendary 10th Mountain Division that fought in World War II which he was awarded a Bronze Star Medal. After World War II Schneider return to Cranmore where he spent many years as Owner and General Manager. Hebert’s ski industry resume is tremendously large; he was a co-founder of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and is a member of The Ski Hall of Fame’s class of 2009.

Herbert Schneider skiing in the trees
Unfortunately Herbert passed away this past June at the age of 92. Though the loss still saddens many around North Conway, everyone at Cranmore thought there was no better way to remember Schneider than by dedicating the only new lift installed in New Hampshire this year in his honor.

Herbert Schneider

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